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Education association president to resign
April 5, 2009
The president of the Lawrence Education Association announced that she would step down at the end of the year.
Rick Doll prepares for superintendent post
April 5, 2009
The new Lawrence school district superintendent will take the reigns in just a few months.
Five children, father die in murder-suicide
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
A father apparently shot to death five of his children, ages 7 to 16, at their mobile home and then killed himself at a casino miles away, police said Saturday.
Sixty-two migrants found dead inside truck
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
At least 62 people suffocated to death in the back of a truck packed with illegal migrants, and dozens were rescued unconscious after Pakistani police acting on a tip opened the vehicle Saturday near the Afghan border.
Report: Tibet reopened to foreign tourists
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
China has reopened Tibet to foreign tourists, state media said today, almost two months after imposing a ban ahead of politically sensitive anniversaries.
Deetails emerge about Binghamton gunman
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Jiverly Wong was upset over losing his job at a vacuum plant, didn’t like people picking on him for his limited English and once angrily told a co-worker, “America sucks.”
Nation launches rocket, defying world leaders
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea defiantly carried out a provocative rocket launch early today that the U.S., Japan and other nations suspect was a cover for a test of its long-range missile technology.
Green hands-down choice for top honor
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C4
Bobby Davis diving for loose balls. Robbie Wright shooting threes. Lance Kilburn mixing it up inside. All were easy calls to predict when talking about the 2008-09 version of the Lawrence High boys basketball team. But none of them were quite as easy as naming senior guard Dorian Green the Journal-World’s All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Kansas soccer ties, falls in exhibition
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas soccer tied Marquette, 1-all, and fell to St. Louis, 1-0.
Team makes strides, wins over fans
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
In sports, fan bases don’t grow overnight. It simply doesn’t happen. Except that it just did.
Wheel genius: Road work this week
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B3
Among projects expected to affect travel in Lawrence and the region during the coming week.
ROTC cadets converge in area for Ranger Buddy contest
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B3
The days leading up to competition day were windy, cold and wet. Yet none of that mattered to the hundreds of ROTC cadets who converged on Lawrence for the 15th annual Army ROTC Ranger Buddy competition on Saturday.
Louisville, OU women take no consolation in semi
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C6
Louisville and Oklahoma have been routed by Connecticut this women’s basketball season. The winner of today’s first NCAA women’s tournament semifinal likely will get a rematch in the national championship game.
Haskell hosting wellness fair
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
Healthy diets, the dangers of drunken driving and tornado safety are among topics that will appear at the 10th annual Health, Safety and Wellness fair at Haskell Indian Nations University.
FSHS student in Elite 8 for online scholarship
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
The game’s not over for Free State High School Senior Lauren Thames.
KU library book sale set for this week
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
A Kansas University library book sale scheduled to run from Tuesday through Thursday will focus on art-related books and magazines.
Heels stomp on ’Nova
Lawson powers North Carolina into championship game
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C6
North Carolina hammered Villanova, 83-69, to cruise into the NCAA Tournament title game.
Feel-good Spartans roll over UConn
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C6
Michigan State beat UConn, 82-73, to reach the NCAA title game.
KU rowers shine in Varsity Fours
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas rowing won the First Varsity Four and Open Four races against Texas.
Surveys show candidates’ stances on key issues
Election set for Tuesday
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A1
Come Tuesday evening, it will all be over. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to select three people to serve on the Lawrence City Commission. Since late January, eight candidates have been vying for three spots by stumping at forums, neighborhood meetings and on front porch stoops.
LHS soccer wins Invite
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High beat McPherson, 2-0, in the championship game of the McPherson Soccer Invitational.
KU softball run-rules Texas Tech, 10-0
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C3
Liz Kocon hit two home runs, and Kansas University softball routed Texas Tech, 10-0, in six innings.
Eleven found dead; drug gang suspected
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
Eleven people were found shot to death around Mexico on Saturday, some bearing signs of torture and left with threatening messages emblematic of drug violence.
Chavez proposes new relations with U.S.
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
President Hugo Chavez said Saturday he hopes to “reset” relations with the United States at an upcoming summit.
Good with the bad
Off day comes at wrong time
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
Everybody has a bad day at the office now and then. Danielle McCray had one Saturday.
Military: Fighting kills 93 rebels
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
Fighting between Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels defending their last remaining territory in the country’s war-ravaged north killed 93 rebels on Saturday, the military said.
U.S. envoy: Aid groups unlikely to return
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
Chances are slim that all the aid groups expelled by the Sudanese government will return, and alternative ways must immediately be found to help the millions of people in Darfur, President Barack Obama’s new envoy to Sudan said Saturday.
Bankruptcies
April 5, 2009
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Gunman kills 3 Pittsburgh officers
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A4
A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and “lying in wait” opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.
Michelle Obama dodges protestors, kisses Carla
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A1
It was perhaps not what Michelle Obama expected on her first presidential foray to France. But it was certainly very French.
Financial arms race’ going strong
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C2
You can’t spell commercialization without NCAA. Once that seemed like a coincidence. Increasingly it seems to be the reason the NCAA exists — to provide cover for member schools while they chase every last sponsorship dollar.
Billionaire investor Buffett a leading beneficiary of bailout
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A6
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has been lauded for his plainspoken denunciation of the greed and foolishness behind the economic crisis. He’s pushed the massive federal bailout of imploding banks as the essential response to an “economic Pearl Harbor.”
Judge’s 100 drug cases to be reviewed
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A5
A prosecutor in Texas is promising to review about 100 drug cases that were presided over by a state judge who has been indicted on federal charges.
Mount Redoubt erupts again
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Mount Redoubt volcano in Alaska has had another large eruption after being relatively quiet for nearly a week.
Bus accident kills 1, injures 27 others
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A5
A mountain resort’s employee shuttle bus crashed on the main highway through California’s Sierra Nevada on Saturday, killing a passenger and injuring 27 others, authorities said.
Lawmakers reflect on ‘tough’ legislative session
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Douglas County legislators said Saturday that the just-adjourned main part of the 2009 legislative session was bad, and the wrap-up session, which starts later this month, will be worse.
Pump patrol
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several locations.
City to distribute free bicycle helmets
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Free bicycle helmets for children will be available at an upcoming city event.
Wind mandate
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The U.S. will likely fail to develop renewable energy cost-effectively and fairly. Renewable portfolio standards allow utility monopolies to award contracts to themselves and their affiliates.
Bond issue may fund restoration of schools
Tornado ravaged area district last summer
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
On Tuesday, residents of the Chapman school district will vote on an $8.2 million bond issue to help replace schools lost in a tornado last June.
European events topic of lecture
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Padraic Kenney, professor of history at Indiana University, is scheduled to give this year’s Oswald Backus Memorial Lecture at Kansas University.
AIDS Walk to end with free breakfast
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Douglas County AIDS Project will conduct its 2009 AIDS Walk on Saturday. The 1-mile walk/run will start at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H., at 8:30 a.m. and end at the restaurant with a complimentary breakfast.
Jayhawks draw a packed house
Record crowd cheers on team in loss
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A1
It might have been a different basketball team in a different tournament from what most Jayhawk fans were accustomed to cheering for this time of year. But that didn’t stop a huge crowd from pouring into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon to watch Kansas University play the University of South Florida in the championship game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Comments taken on heritage area plan
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Another aspect of the management plan for Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area has been drafted and public comments about it are sought.
Horoscopes
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D5
For Sunday, April 5: This year, you juggle professional commitments. You will consider totally new alternatives. Instead of the tried-and-true, you opt for the exciting, different path. Understand that once in a while you will hit a backfire. Never lose your optimism, and you will fare well. Many wish they had your fire and energy.
Change coming at dizzying speed
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
There’s a reason you feel disoriented. Everywhere you look there is upheaval, turmoil and change. The recognizable buoys of our lives have shifted, the way the world is organized has changed, how we think about the world has been transformed.
NYU accepts grad students by mistake
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A8
New York University officials weren’t laughing when hundreds of people mistakenly received word that they’d been accepted to grad school on April Fools’ Day.
Survive wedding season with these budget-friendly tips
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D2
It’s that time of year again: Prime wedding months are approaching, and the invitations are starting to pile up.
After Metallica game, it’s time for conjecture about next band
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D7
Metallica. AC/DC. Aerosmith. What do they have in common? Dead people.
Ad Astra: Lawrence poet taps rural mythology
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D6
Gary Lechliter, born in Coffeyville, grew up in rural southeastern Kansas, where he sets many of his poems.
Poet’s Showcase: The Morning
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D3
You can feel the wet dew on your bare feet.
Europe welcomes Obama, pledges few NATO troops
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama hailed “strong and unanimous support” from NATO allies on Saturday for his stepped-up anti-terror strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and welcomed their “down payment” promises of 5,000 fresh forces.
Journal-World All-Area First Team boys basketball
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C4
Dorian Green - Lawrence High, Sr. - Green earned All-Area Player of the Year honors by leading Lawrence High in scoring with a 22.6 points-per-game average and finishing among the team’s leaders in four other categories: rebounds, blocks, assists and steals.
Jayhawks make strides, win fans
April 5, 2009
In sports, fan bases don’t grow overnight. It simply doesn’t happen. Except that it just did.
Turkey prepares for historic U.S. visit
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
When Obama arrives in Turkey tonight for a two-day visit to this capital city and Istanbul, he will find a nation of nearly 72 million Muslims almost giddy at the prospect of improved relations with the United States after years of tension with the Bush administration.
New boss leads Seahawks’ rebirth
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C4
Not too long ago, Mike Harding truly thought he might not be any good at this head-coaching thing.
City, county conduct review of insurance policies
Lawrence paid $114,018 last year in premium
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
If Lawrence were hit by a major disaster, its local government and school buildings are covered by insurance, officials say.
Royals cut four, trim roster to 26
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Royals sliced four players off their roster Saturday, leaving them one move to make.
It’s UNC-Michigan State, Part II
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
Michigan State has been itching for this do-over since December.
Federal bailout will cost additional $167B
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
Bailing out the financial sector will cost taxpayers $167 billion more than originally anticipated, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.
Kidnapped American U.N. worker freed in Pakistan
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
An American U.N. worker abducted more than two months ago turned up unharmed Saturday, lying alongside a road in western Pakistan with his hands and feet bound and pleading “help me, help me,” the man who found him said.
On the record
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
• Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded at 11:29 p.m. Saturday to an apartment fire at 1529 Kentucky Street. • At 7:44 p.m., a fight involving four large dogs was reported in the 1800 block of Miller Drive. One dog appeared to be injured and animal control was called to the scene. • At 6:44 p.m. medics treated a man who crashed his car after having a diabetic reaction while driving at 1420 Kasold Drive. The man did not sustain any injuries from the actual crash, police said. • At around 5:30 p.m., a puppy was taken by physical force in the 100 block of Bristol Terrace. The owner and the person who took the puppy knew each other, police reported.
Youth class helps demystify computers
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
The most surprising thing about learning to take apart and then reassemble a computer is just how easy it is, 15-year-old Trevor Vanahill said.
Money politics
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Never has the distinction between the two major political parties been less than it seems now.
During campaign, Obama economic advisers were paid commentators
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A5
Some of President Obama’s top economic advisers were paid for their commentaries in 2008 about tax policy, government bailouts of financial institutions, global trade and the economic recession, according to financial disclosure forms made public by the White House late Friday.
WNIT notebook
April 5, 2009 in print edition on C5
Saturday’s announced attendance of 16,113 fans easily eclipsed the previous KU women’s record of 13,352 established in 1994 in a regular-season game against Colorado.
Web site offers help with economy’s mental toll
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D2
As it provides assistance to the financial sector and leads a restructuring of the American automobile industry, the federal government now is also offering advice on how to cope with the pressures of the economic downturn.
Critical election
Lawrence residents need to show they care about the city’s future by casting informed votes in Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission election.
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
Will Tuesday’s election for Lawrence city commissioners be another ho-hum, cookie-cutter occasion? Will there be a lot of talk about how voters should carefully study candidates’ stands on the important issues facing Lawrence then cast their ballots only to learn after the election that only a small fraction of eligible voters took advantage of the opportunity to put the best qualified candidates into office?
Fatal texting crash draws 6-year sentence
April 5, 2009 in print edition on A8
A woman who crashed into a line of stopped vehicles while text-messaging on her cell phone has been sentenced to six years in a California prison for killing a woman in one of the vehicles.
Kansas charities anticipate more need as recession grows
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B5
As the recession grows stronger, the people who help the poor are bracing for a peak in the wave of new poor people.
Kansas man charged with threatening Bush
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B8
A 38-year-old south-central Kansas man has been charged in connection with making a threat against former President George W. Bush.
Events to benefit Arthritis Foundation
April 5, 2009 in print edition on B8
Dine out, take a walk or both. These are easy ways to participate in the annual Lawrence Arthritis Walk, which raises money for the Arthritis Foundation.
Dressed to sweat
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D1
Christine Nienstedt likes to suit up when she’s facing a hard physical challenge.
Country living: Lawrence native Sarah Buxton experiences highs and lows of Nashville industry
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D1
When the Academy of Country Music Awards announced its nominations in February, Sarah Buxton found herself among the honored few.
Here’s the skinny on our city’s claim to fame
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D1
According to the Internet, there must be a lot of skinny, wrinkleless women walking around Lawrence … well, at least a couple of them.
Toys’ markings give clues to their origins
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D4
Toys often can tell you when and where they were made.
You’ll want to plan a big budget for that baby
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D8
$30,000 — just for the first year of baby? Maybe. Will you actually spend that amount? Hopefully not. But the baby bucks can add up quickly, especially when you factor in things like lost wages and child care — not to mention the optional luxuries, like a doula or night nurse.
Precious continent: Detective novels author McCall Smith draws inspiration from African women
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D3
It started with a woman chasing a chicken in her yard.
Weak prose hurts optimistic look at the world in 2060
April 5, 2009 in print edition on D3
Bruce Sterling is a bright guy, a perceptive futurist, and the author of 10 novels — three of them New York Times Notable Books of the Year.